She charges $50 per class, and she also offers gift certificates that are good for a year in case you want to make a holiday present out of a session or two. Classes are limited to six students and take place in her home kitchen in Bellevue, so the atmosphere is very informal, like learning at your nonna's elbow. Email Paulette at email@example.com to hold a spot in a class.
Here's the schedule for next quarter:
Here’s how the program works: Visit any of the participating restaurants and food trucks between now and the end of the year, and add $1 to your bill to go directly to Room In The Inn. Absolutely 100 percent of the extra dollars collected go to the organization, which offers emergency services, transitional programs, and long-term solutions — including educational programs — to help people rebuild their lives.
Join Team StreetSmart by visiting any of these restaurants and food trucks. Don't forget to add $1 to your check (though they'll likely remind you). Dozens of popular establishments are participating all over the Nashville area:
To me, there are various levels of wines to purchase. What I buy to make sangria, what I buy for personal use at home, what I buy to take to casual gatherings for friends, what I buy to take to less-casual gatherings for friends, and what I (only very occasionally) buy for a gift to impress. The last is how I’d categorize the bottle of Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2008 I was sent as a sample recently. At a suggested price of around $85 per bottle, it’s not one that I’d buy on a regular basis, but it is a fine wine to give as a hostess gift or Christmas gift. Though I do recommend it for someone who likes a strong red or for someone who has even a small collection, as this wine will continue to mature and improve for several more years if stored properly.
Barolo is a bold red wine made from Nebbiolo grapes grown in the Langhe section of the Piedmont region in Italy. Damilano controls most of the vineyards in the Cannubi subsection and this wine is their flagship single vineyard Barolo (they have other Barolos, as well).
The wine itself appears quite light, but scent tells you otherwise. It’s fruity, floral, and spicy (cherry, rose, anise) with additional sharp notes of tobacco or tar, which is common with Barolos. It’s also dry, with strong tannins (though not as puckery as many Barolos, from what I understand) and is 15 percent in alcohol content.
In other words, this wine isn’t playing around. It is best served with a rich dinner of heavy Italian food or dishes that are strong in flavor to balance it out. Read: this is a great wine for meat-eaters, but also works great with a mushroom risotto or buttery, creamy pasta dishes.
But the menu is the choice of the recipient. Or you could get a bottle for yourself. Sometimes Santa needs a little help, so treat yo’ self.
Over on Bites' sister blog, Pith in the Wind, Steve Cavendish unravels the tale of a cancer patient who got static at Morton's Steakhouse in downtown Nashville on Friday when he put on a knit cap after dinner because a side effect of his chemotherapy is sensitivity to the cold.
Wearing hats in the dining room apparently violates Morton's dress code, and how restaurant management handled the incident (apparently very rudely) became a burning topic on social media over the weekend. Cavendish tracked down the diner in question, Robert Chambers, and got the scoop. You may not be surprised to hear that Morton's corporate execs are now involved. Read more here.
Today co-founder and CEO Bailey Spaulding announced the company has started putting its craft brew in single servings, but instead of bottling six-packs, it's canning them.
Though many people consider longneck bottles more elegant, aluminum cans are gaining ground among fans of craft beer, for reasons of flavor, economics and environmentalism.
"Cans are a more stable container for your beer,” Spaulding said in a release. “They block light, so the beer won’t ‘skunk’ the way it would in a bottle." Aluminum is also lighter, easier to transport and more desirable in the recycling market than glass.
Jackalope started the canning process today, using the services of Mo and Carl Oekler at Toucan Mobile Canning. The Oeklers bring their mobile system to breweries, producing about 10,000 cans per run. The service helps small breweries start canning without the the capital expense of purchasing equipment.
The first Jackalope beer selected for canning is the Thunder Ann American Pale Ale, which will be available soon at craft beer retailers and the Jackalope taproom. More beers will be canned in the future, Spaulding says.
From the Cupcake Collection blog: "Can you imagine being 9 years old and aware that going home to dinner may not be a reality? Unfortunately, this is a very real reality for over 16.7 million children in America. One in four children in Tennessee alone are deemed ‘food insecure’, meaning there is no promise they’ll receive a meal when they’re home. This fact was also a heavy truth for my family and myself, just a few years prior. Hence why ‘12 Days of Christmas’ was created."
To get you even more into the spirit, they have holiday “Special Flavor of the Day” cupcakes in addition to their already-amazing, multiple-award-winning everyday flavors (the Sweet Lemonade and the Sweet Potato cupcakes are my favorites). Hot Cocoa, Eggnog and today’s flavor, Peppermint Chocolate, have been getting people in the door to help out. But they still need to sell more than 20,000 more cupcakes to reach their goal. You can keep up with their progress on the blog and with the days’ flavors via Twitter and Facebook.
Anyone who orders two dozen of the “Special Flavor of the Day” can get them delivered for free. (Special note: gluten-free cupcakes are available, too!)
The Cupcake Collection
1213 Sixth Ave. N.
615-244-2900 (calling ahead for a big order is a good idea)
Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dang, exactly how does a new Midtown pizza parlor make itself stand out? At Music City Pizza, they hang their hat on a few unique attributes. First there's the whole music deal. We're talking about a pizzerria next door to 12th & Porter, the venerable music joint north of Broadway in the Gulch. The decor in the casual dining room revolves around musical themes, with vinyl LPs (remember them?) and album jackets taking prominent places in the kitsch. There is a small stage with a personal sound system appropriate for singer-songwriter acts.
The Music City Pizza team has also partnered with their neighbors at 12th & Porter to share food, music and marketing efforts with the performance venue.
Still have a few empty slots on your gift (or wish) list? I’ve got three new cookbooks that would all make fine gifts for the home cook.
It didn’t take me long after opening the book to fall in love and want to board the next flight to L.A. It is full of mouth-watering photos of foods that reflect the many cultures that have long made up the Southern California population.
Asian, Middle Eastern, Mexican and solidly “American” fare and many combinations of all fill the pages. For example: forbidden rice with heart of palm, mushroom and jalapeno vinaigrette; a sandwich of buttermilk-baked chicken, Vidalia onion-bacon cabbage, fried green tomato, and cheddar; and Chinese-style braised duck with rainbow chard, pineapples, and cashews with chili-coriander vinaigrette. And then there are the desserts— of which there are many — such as, caramel- butterscotch pudding, lemon drop cupcakes, and passion-fruit Pavlova. And, of course, there’s an entire chapter devoted to lemonades.
There’s a section on basics (salsa, tortillas) to get you started before moving into side dishes, entrees, desserts and beverages. A number of recipes are even vegan or vegetarian. Fideo burritos, vinegar biscuits, mushroom and leek migas, and savory baked pumpkin flautas are just a few of the recipes that jumped out at me as incredibly tempting. And the recipe that caught my eye right away — Navajo fry bread — just moved to the top of my to-do list.
So, who’s got a fryer I can borrow?
Anyway, the Scene's Nashvillian of the Year, Renata Soto — the driving force behind Casa Azafrán — brought us some of Nelly's delectable alfajores as a way of saying thank you. And we were pretty over the moon for them. The best description I can give: A couple of small, fabulous shortbread cookies with a decadent dab of dulce de leche in between. My. Gawd.
Perhaps suggesting that the cookies are life-changing was a tad hyperbolic. And I'll resist the temptation to describe them as revelatory. (D'oh! I guess I just did.) But seriously, they are really delicious.
Originally from Peru, Nelly Hernandez makes the alfajores in her home kitchen. They aren't available in stores, but she makes them to order for special events. You can find her information here. (She tells us she also makes empanadas.)
As if that wasn't enough, Renata brought another delightful locally made delicacy, Prohibition Popcorn. Think of it as really good kettle corn with a touch of whiskey thrown in. Yum.
And both treats are further evidence of Casa Azafrán's good works. Hernandez is a graduate of Casa Azafrán's small business program, and Prohibition Popcorn is made in Casa Azafrán's commercial kitchen, Mesa Komal.
But apparently, even a magnanimous act like going door-to-door to share some Christmas cheer is not immune to a little bit of fun competition. This Sunday, Dec. 15, Edley's Bar-B-Que at at 908 Main St. will host a day of caroling, barbecue and holiday family festivities to benefit Fannie Battle’s monthlong Caroling for Kids initiative. Here's the skinny on the event:
Festivities begin at 2 p.m. at Edley’s East, with the Battle of the Carolers kicking off at 3 p.m.; attendees will enjoy seasonal festivities during the day such as photos with Santa (pitmaster Bret Tuck). Between 2 and 6 p.m. Edley’s will serve a buffet of house favorites including pulled pork, half-chickens and sides for $12. The traditional Edley’s menu will also be available. During the event, 10% of proceeds from all purchases (plus additional caroler tipping) benefit Fannie Battle. Of this day of caroling for a cause, Edley’s founder Catharine Newman says “We’re proud to rally behind Fannie Battle and the incredible longtime work they’ve done for Nashville’s children in need. We hope to make this a memorable day and are looking forward to raising funds for this wonderful organization.”
What a great way to take the kids for the annual Santa photo, get some excellent barbecue and help a good cause at the same time!
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